The French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui, was among the 29 victims killed in an Al Qaeda-affiliated attack on a hotel and cafe in Ouagadougou.
Her death was confirmed by Fleur Pellerin, the French culture minister on January 18th. "Distressed that Leila Alouia, young and talented Franco-Moroccan photographer, succumbed to her injuries tonight in Ouagadougou."
Born in 1982 in Paris, Alaoui was on assignment for Amnesty International.
Her work was based in ideas of human migration and cultural identity.
Trained at the City University of New York, the young artist was represented by the Art Factum Gallery in Beirut, the Voice Gallery in Marrakech, and East Wing in Dubai, and her photography and video work has been exhibited at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Institut du Monde Arabe, and the Marrakesh Biennial, as well as Art Dubai, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in New York, and a number of other exhibitions worldwide. She was also published in The New York Times and Vogue.